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Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Transport reintroduced in the House of Commons the
Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, an important piece of legislation first tabled in Parliament on
March 18, 2013, as part of the Government of
Canada's comprehensive measures to establish a World-Class Tanker Safety System.
"As the Speech from the Throne reiterated this week, our Government remains committed to protecting
Canada's coasts and shores and building a world-class tanker safety system in
Canada", said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport.
Proposed amendments to the
Marine Liability Act will fill a critical gap in the current liability and compensation regime and implement a new international convention that covers incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances carried by ships. In addition, proposed amendments to the
Canada Shipping Act, 2001 will strengthen the current requirements for spill prevention and preparedness at oil handling facilities; increase Transport Canada's oversight and enforcement capacity; and enhance response to oil spill incidents.
"As part of our plan for Responsible Resource Development, our Government is enhancing
Canada's tanker safety system to ensure it meets world-class standards," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. "The Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act is an important step in ensuring the safe and reliable transport of
Canada's natural resources."
Responsible Resource Development (RRD) achieves the right balance to unleash the potential of our resource sectors to create high-value jobs across
Canada while strengthening safety and environmental protection. For more information on RRD:
In addition, the
Canada Seas and Skies Act also enacts the
Aviation Industry Indemnity Act, which stemmed from consultation with the Canadian airline industry and enables
Canada's air industry to have the aviation war-risk coverage it needs in times of difficulty.
SOURCE Transport Canada